PUNK GLOBE:Thanks so much for the interview Lynne... Can you give the readers a bit of background about yourself?
Lynne:I'm a singer and cartoonist, live in NYC and have been singing/playing/writing songs in bands since the 80s.
PUNK GLOBE:At what age did you know that you wanted to be a musician?
Lynne:As a teenager, around 15- when I first heard the Cramps. Before that I wanted to be an actress/comedienne like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett!
"I wanted to be an actress/comedienne like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett!"
PUNK GLOBE:Do you come from a musical family?
Lynne:As a matter of fact I do. My big brother was a hard rock drummer. He was really good and had a drum kit in his room where he would play along to Creem and Led Zep albums. My big sister was a hippie singer/guitarist- one of the songs she played was "Brand New Key" by Melanie, I really liked that song.
PUNK GLOBE:Tell the readers about your past bands?
Lynne:My very first band was a teen trash outfit called Swamp Goblyns. We played CBGBs hardcore matinee, and the legendary garage rock club (former belly dancing nightclub) The Dive- although we didn't really fit neatly into any of those categories. We met Screamin' Jay Hawkins one night at Danceteria after his performance. We gave him a copy of our demo tape which included songs like "Swamp Gas", "The Creeping Hand" and "Sewer Rat." He graciously accepted it from us and gave me some advice I will never forget "Cool Titles! Y'all got cool titles! All ya need is cool titles!" There's a Swamp Goblyns fan page on Facebook.
PUNK GLOBE:Now, lets chat about the band that I first met you sing with Trick Babys! Tell us who was in the band?
Lynne:Trick Babys were myself (vocals), Mitro Valsamis (guitar), Brett Wilder (bass) and we had two drummers- Paul Corio and then Ara Babajan. I had been in Da Willys before that, and Brett, Mitro and Paul were in the Vacant Lot. Ara was formerly of Agent 99.
PUNK GLOBE:I remember that Jim Lucio just loved you... He used to go into a store that you owned or worked at to get eccentric fun things you had for sale. Tell us about the store?
Lynne:That was my ex husband's store, Space Age Bachelor Pad! He used to clean out storage rooms and old peoples' houses and find the weirdest junk. I did all of the signage for the store.
PUNK GLOBE:How did you come up with Trick Babys for the band's name?
Lynne:From the book "Trick Baby" by Iceberg Slim
PUNK GLOBE:I think the first time I ever saw you in action was at Squeezebox in NYC. You had that powerhouse voice. The audience was in awe...How long had Trick Baby been around?
Lynne:Squeeze Box, those were the days! We played there for years. It's all a groovy haze.
PUNK GLOBE:If memory serves me right one of the members of Trick Baby was married to Sindi of The Lunachicks?
Lynne:Yes, that's right Sindi and Mitro were married. Now they are both married to other people and have kids (not together).
PUNK GLOBE:Did you play alot of shows with The Lunachicks?
Lynne:We played a few- we were on the same record label but on tour at different times.
PUNK GLOBE:How many CD's did Trick Babys release?
Lynne:Two- Player and A Fool and His Money
PUNK GLOBE:It seems like Trick Baby and The White Trash Debutantes played a kick ass show at the Bottom Of The Hill.. Do you remember the show?
Lynne:I do! Fun times!
PUNK GLOBE:I still have a Christmas Card you sent me of you and Fabio. How did you meet him?
Lynne:I saw him when I was in a diner in LA. He was so nice and gracious and posed for a pic with me and my friend!
PUNK GLOBE:How many tours did you do with Trick Baby?
Lynne:I don't remember the exact number but it was a few. We had a lot of fun touring with Candy Snatchers, The Humpers and Agent Orange. We played some great shows opening up for The Dickies, in LA and NYC.
PUNK GLOBE:In what year did Trick Babys call in quits and what was the name of the band that were involved in right after that?
Lynne:Trick Babys last year was 1997 I believe. I was in the Carvels after that when I started playing guitar and writing more songs.
PUNK GLOBE:You have a new band Garden State Social Club. Tell us about that?
Lynne:I started GSSC with former Raunch Hand Mike "Sharky" Edison, last year. We've been playing dives around town ever since. Check us out for yourselves on Facebook! We're a dirty greasy R&B/punk band with two fierce female front people and a sleazy saxophone! https://www.facebook.com/gardenstatesocialclub
PUNK GLOBE:Did you move to New Jersey? Is that how you came up wit thee band name?
Lynne:I lived in Jersey when I was a kid, and so did Mike. It's just a great name and Jersey just expresses the sleazy hard edged feel of the band.
"It's just a great name and Jersey just expresses the sleazy hard edged feel of the band."
PUNK GLOBE:How long has the Garden State Social Club been together and who is in the band?
Lynne:See above. Steve Greenfield from the Fleshtones (sax) and Ron Salvo from Heldorado and Snuka (drums) are also in the band.
PUNK GLOBE:Has the band released any vinyl or CD's?
Lynne:Not yet, we're on youtube for now, for your listening pleasure.
PUNK GLOBE:What is your favorite venue to play in New York City? Give us your thoughts on the music scene in New York City?
Lynne:We love to play at Otto's Shrunken Head in Manhattan and Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn. There are very few old school type venues left anymore, and we avoid going to Williamsburg/Greenpoint if we can help it because that is not our scene.
PUNK GLOBE:Do you have any Internet addresses that you would like to share with us?
PUNK GLOBE:Describe yourself in three words?
Lynne:Fun Loving Woman!
PUNK GLOBE:Any last words for Punk Globe readers?
Lynne:Cheers! Love you Ginger!
Be sure to listen to Lynne on April 6th. 2015 on Women Who Rawk at 7PM PST on whatever68radio.com